Originally Posted by a burrito
you must be out of your mind. The m3 now and the newest edition on the m3 will not TOUCH the 911. Straight line? Possibly. Handling, Dynamics, weight, power? NO. What most BMW drivers dont understand...If you want to compare anything...
OK. Let's compare a M3 CSL to the 997 S. Similar horses (M3 360hp/ 997 S 355hp), similar weight (M3 3200/ 997 S 3100)... Both cars were built to be true sports cars, no? This is more an apples to apples comparison.
Even with ceramic brakes and PASM the 997 S is NOWHERE near a 7:50 around the Nurburgring. Where the CSL has an unfair advantage over the 997 S is in the handling department. The Carrera GT's 1.35g skidpad doesn't match the CSL's 1.4g. Top Gear didn't even compare the CSL to the 997 S.
They felt a better comparison was the CSL to the GT3. The GT3 won around their track, but the CSL run was classified a wet run because of weather conditions.
I know it's pure speculation to say it until it's here (but you started it).
The e92 M3 cupholders and all, will be quicker and handle better than the 997 S.